Importing contacts from Windows® 7 to Windows® Vista
What are the various issues that may arise while importing contacts?
Windows 7 is the latest version of the Operating Systems from Microsoft Windows. The version preceding the Windows 7 Operating System is Windows Vista. The Windows 7 Operating System can be installed into the computer just by upgrading the Windows Vista. While doing so, the address book in the Operating System should also be copied to the newly installed Operating System. The contacts information in the previous Operating System can be exported to the new Operating System. The feature is a peculiar functionality available with the Windows Vista Operating System. While upgrading the Windows XP Operating System to Windows Vista, the contact information are automatically exported to Windows Vista. The address book functionality is available in the C: / drive Documents and Settings/user name/application data/Microsoft/Address book link. But for users with the Windows 7 Operating System changed to the Windows Vista Operating System, the automatic process of importing does not happen. Thus, the user should follow a step-by-step process for importing the contacts from Windows 7 to Windows Vista. A few problems also occur while importing.
Discussed below are some points related to Windows 7 contacts import feature:
- Procedure for importing contacts
- Problems associated with the process
- Tips to resolve the issues
Procedure for importing contacts
Click on the 'Start' button. Select 'All programs'. Choose Windows contact from it. Then from the toolbar, select the 'Import' option. Then choose any of the formats for importing the contacts. .wab, LDIF, vCard, CSV etc are the various file formats available. The vCard is the commonly used format. The .wab files are used while importing Microsoft OutLook Express contacts. Now click on 'Import and locate the files'. The contacts should be in the folder. A message appears that indicates the end of the process. Click 'OK' and close the window.
Problems associated with the process
The importing process can be done with Microsoft Office OutLook, Windows Mail, Yahoo messenger etc other than simply importing the contacts in the Operating System. This process also involves problems. Some of the common issues arise due to the mismatch between the file formats of the Operating Systems. In other situations, the user might not find the files for the importing process. Other problems related with the importing issues are reelated to the Internet issues in Microsoft OutLook or in the Windows Mail.
The user should specify the correct file format for importing the contacts. The CSV format is used for importing from spreadsheets or databases. The commonly used format is the .wab file format. In some cases, the user needs to export the contacts from the program before importing them. Otherwise, issues may arise. For further issues, contact the Windows Support Center on the Microsoft website.
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